Duo Housing

Address: 1223 11th St NW, Washington DC, District of Columbia, 20001-4217, United States | Hostel
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This hostel, located in the Downtown/West of Capitol Hill area of Washington DC, is near SpyDrive, Chinatown, Vietnam Women's Memorial, and Chinatown Archway.
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          • Free High-Speed Internet
          • Kitchenette


          • Continental Breakfast
          • Business Services

          TravelPod Member ReviewsDuo Housing Washington DC

          Reviewed by walterc

          Farther away, but a nice place to stay at

          Reviewed Jul 14, 2016
          by (27 reviews) Philadelphia, PA , United States Flag of United States

          Located north of the downtown area, and a few blocks from the Washington Convention Center, the Duo Housing DC can be tough to get to, as it can be quite a walk from the nearest Metrorail stop. The closest one is the Mt. Vernon stop, right underneath the Washington Convention Center. It is about a 10 minute walk. Or a 30-minute walk from the National Mall.

          Entering the hostel, you will have to take your shoes off, before entering the main area, past the reception area. Once checked in, you will be given 2 different codes, to go through 2 different doors to enter inside.

          There are dorms downstairs and upstairs, as the hostel is about 3 floors. I had the downstairs dorm, which has 8 beds. And it is not cramped at all. There are lockers, in the form of cabinet drawers, as if this was some kind of secret office. The dorm rooms are really nice. Though the downside, will be the number of electric outlets in the room, as there does not seem to be enough. Plus tougher to reach for those with the top bunk beds.

          And if downstairs, you will more likely have to keep going up and down to access the bathrooms, which can be a pain. The showers are a bit cramped, and not enough hooks to hang your clothes. Plus not enough privacy either. But there is a separate room for toilets, and throughout the hostel, a toilet and sink.

          Also, there is only one air-conditioning unit to cool the entire building. That could be a problem during the summer, as it can get quite warm downstairs. As a result, the door is often left open to help keep it cool, though it will be more noisy. But this is just a nitpick on my part, as I tend to sweat very easily.

          And no laundry services in the building. Instead, you will have to walk a block or two to get to a place with laundry machines. For someone who relies on laundry, so I can pack light, I just cannot overlook this.

          The WiFi is okay, and there are regular computers to use, as one of the few hostels remaining that are still working. To me, this is really a bonus, as I prefer a regular computer over a smartphone.

          The best part? Pancake breakfasts are included. And sometimes served with chocolate chips. And very delicious. Even better, is that they are prepared by the staff. Served in the kitchen area, which is okay in itself.

          The staff are nice and helpful. And the kitchen area is okay in itself. Though kind of small. There is a small supermarket nearby, so you can get some groceries there.

          Overall, this hostel was a good one to stay at. I would not mind staying here again, mainly for the pancake breakfasts.

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          Reviewed by tomkilbey29

          See below.

          Reviewed Jul 11, 2014
          by (1 review) , United Kingdom Flag of United Kingdom

          See my full post where I discuss the hostel at length.

          This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

          Reviewed by hannah-ollie

          Weird rules, good bathroom

          Reviewed Oct 1, 2013
          by (9 reviews) , United Kingdom Flag of United Kingdom

          The bizarre rules and camp-counsellor style enforcement was difficult to stomach, but this hostel is alright otherwise. Most of the staff were pleasant and helpful, but one was incredibly rude in her rule enforcement - flashlights shone in your face in bed and complete refusal to be polite. The bathrooms were clean, but bedroom doors can't be closed, which adds to the feeling of being at a really dull camp/sleepover. As the lockers are not big enough for luggage, this also doesn't feel very secure.

          This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

          Reviewed by plouis

          enfin un ednroit ou socialiser

          Reviewed Jul 28, 2012
          by (2 reviews) , Canada Flag of Canada

          tres bel hotel tres bien situe. le dejeuner est inclus et les dortoirs sont spacieux et tres bien aere. le propriotaire est tres aimable et il nous donne tout l,info pour apprecier washington a sa juste valeur

          This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

          TripAdvisor Reviews Duo Housing Washington DC

          3.50 of 5 stars Very Good

          Travel Blogs from Washington DC

          Day Three

          A travel blog entry by timandlucygreen on Aug 13, 2014

          5 photos

          ... looked like tin foil & sticky backed plastic. How these things ever got to the moon amazes me.

          After a brief stop for a photo opportunity at the Senate & feeling relieved the rain had stopped at last, we started our four hour trip back to NYC. I almost shrieked with excitement when I happened upon a pair of clean socks in my bag! I was able to sit in DRY & soft comfort for the journey back. It was a blissful end to a good day.


          Last Day in 'The North'

          A travel blog entry by honestman on Apr 12, 2014

          3 comments, 9 photos

          ... spring!!

          Did the Lincoln bit and headed to the museum. Shock, the museum didn't open till 11 and my flight was at two. Decided to miss this ( only on the basis that I'll do it one day soon, it's three floors!,!)

          Was heading back to the metro and discovered all the marching bands practising in a park nearby. Very very impressive indeed with High Schools from all over America, eg Oklahoma, California, Washington state.......

          Goodbye New York, hello DC

          A travel blog entry by bexlarcombe on Oct 14, 2013

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          ... it was nice to get some sunshine & pictures. We have to meet everyone downstairs at 6.30pm to discuss plans for the next couple of days. Hotel room is nice but unfortunately you have to pay for the wifi, so I'll have to use the lobby where if is free!!! Oh & if Mel falls out of bed she will probably hurt herself as they are really high, no lie they should supply ...

          Freedom Trail tour - Washington DC

          A travel blog entry by damichellen on Jul 29, 2013

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          ... for the pool. This resulted in great fun going for a blat around the grounds, until I decided to try and pull a fast U-turn and started sliding off the seat... My leg went out and as I was only wearing jandals my big toe took a bit of a scrape resulting in some blood. Not to worry, after bandaging it up we were off again. After a swim and some dinner (sausages plus some great veges and salad), we headed into DC to check out some of the buildings and monuments under illumination. ...

          Vernon and the Zoo

          A travel blog entry by noahwsmith2002 on Apr 25, 2013

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          Today I started my day by going to Mt.Vernon home of our 1st President George Washington.It was cool because the mansion was exactly the same.Then I went to the zoo.I saw a panda bear,a Komdo Dragon,a Lion,and too many other animals to list.My favorite part of the day was the ...

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